Arthroleptis xenochirus Boulenger, 1905

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Arthroleptinae > Genus: Arthroleptis > Species: Arthroleptis xenochirus

Arthroleptis xenochirus Boulenger, 1905, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 16: 108. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.30.54 (formerly 1904.5.2.101) according to Laurent IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 20. Type locality: "Marimba", Angola.

Schoutedenella globosa De Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 18. Types: MRAC (8 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Lofoi (Katanga)", southeastern Dem. Rep. Congo. Synonymy by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 535-536.

Arthroleptis (Arthroleptulus) xenochirusLaurent, 1941 "1940", Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 87.

Schoutedenella globosaLaurent, 1941 "1940", Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 89.

Schoutedenella xenochiraLaurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Ser. Quarto, Sci. Zool., 1: 36.

Schoutedenella globosa globosaLaurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Ser. Quarto, Sci. Zool., 1: 35.

Schoutedenella globosa pasteelsi Laurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Ser. Quarto, Sci. Zool., 1: 35. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Kipoyo, Alt. 700 m., Terr. de Fizi, Kivu" Dem. Rep. Congo.

Schoutedenella xenochirusLaurent, 1954, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 23: 35-84.

Arthroleptis globosa globosaLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274-275, by implication; Gorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 129.

Arthroleptis globosa pasteelsiLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274-275, by implication; Gorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 129.

Arthroleptis xenochirusLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274-275, by implication; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 336.

Arthroleptis globosaSchmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 126.

English Names

Marimba Screeching Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).

Plain Squeaker (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 52; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 60).

Distribution

Open grassland into evergreen montane forest at 1600-2280 m elevation in northern Angola, northern Malawi, and southeastern Dem. Rep. Congo; possibly into adjacent Tanzania and northern Zambia.

Comment

Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 146, noted that this form is possibly a subspecies of Arthroleptis globosa. J. C. Poynton IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 20, noted that material assigned to Arthroleptis xenodactyloides nyikae by Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 213, should be assigned to this species. Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 540-542, discussed allocation of specimens of previous authors (including some mistakenly referred to Arthroleptis xenodactylus) and synonymized Schoutedenella globosa De Witte, 1921 with this species. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 52, and Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 60-61, provided brief accounts for this species. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 86-77, provided an account for Malawi.

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